Workers say Yudhoyono little more than foreign puppet, time to step down
Indowarta - October 13, 2010
Jakarta -- The administration of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) andVice President Boediono is already facing a heavy challenge as it approaches the first year of its second term in office on October 20.
The reason being that student, worker and urban poor organisations are alreadypreparing to take to the streets to demonstrate at the State Palace with thedemand "SBY step down!".
The Workers Challenge Alliance (ABM), according to coordinator Budi Wardoyo, hasalready carried out a series of consolidations to gather together workers totake to the street along with students and ordinary people to coincide withYudhoyono and Boediono's first year. "Our preparations have not just been carried out in the greater Jakarta area,but also in Yogyakarta [Central Java], Surabaya [East Java], North Sumatra, EastKalimantan, Makassar [South Sulawesi], Ternate [North Maluku] and other cities.We will hold actions at symbols of power, Regional House of Representatives aswell as local government offices", he said
In Jakarta, continued Yoyok -- as Wardoyo is called -- it is estimated that tensof thousands of demonstrators from labour, student and urban poor organisationwill hold an action that will culminate at the the State Palace.
"We no longer trust SBY, we no longer trust the parliament to carry out animpeachment. We do not want this people's movement to be taken over by theparliament. Essentially, the people do not trust SBY-Boediono or the
parliament", he exclaimed.
Yoyok said the reason for this is that up until now Yudhoyono and Boediono havebeen little more than foreign puppets, so they have to be overthrown by apeople's movement.
During the planned action, workers will be rejecting revisions to Law Number13/2003 on Labour and the privatisation of state-owned industries, demanding thedevelopment of the national industry and the nationalisation of mining and gasindustries under the control of the people, opposing low wages and calling forfree education and healthcare (imam)